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Bruce

Minnetonka, MN, USA

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  • A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
    "Difficult to listen to"
    Overall

    I have read one other Paul Johnson book and found it somewhat interesting, However, the narrator of this book makes it so boring that after several hours of listening I simply turned it off for good.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (183)

    Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon's treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

    Gibbon's monumental work traces the history of more than 13 centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers A.D. 180 to A.D. 395, which includes the establishment of Christianity and the Crusades.

    William Penny says: "What an age we live in"
    "How did I ever order this"
    Overall

    When I realized Audible had Decline and Fall on file I was thrilled - I have always wanted to read it. However, either Edward Gibbon or the narrator makes this history so tedious to listen to that I simply quit after the first part.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful

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